About Us

Mission statement:

The UC Berkeley Retirement Center serves retirees of UC Berkeley, LBNL and UCOP and is dedicated to helping them live well in retirement.

Our goals:

  • Bring together the skills, intellect and creativity of retirees to solve challenges and create opportunities.
  • Connect staff, faculty and scientists with resources and tools to help with a smooth transition in retirement.
  • Promote activities that nourish the intellectual engagement and well-being of retirees.
  • Raise awareness of retirement tools, programs, services and the accomplishments of retirees.

We are an administrative unit under the Vice Provost for the Faculty. We receive support from and report directly to the Associate Vice Provost For the Faculty Sharon Inkelas. Dr. Inkelas also serves on our Advisory Board.

Cary Sweeney, Director

Cary holds a Master's of Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University and has 20+ years of experience in developing and managing programs in geriatrics and gerontology aimed at improving the well-being of older adults. Prior to joining the Retirement Center in 2014, Cary served at UC San Francisco as Project Director of the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and Program Manager of the NorCal Geriatric Education Center, Division of Geriatrics, School of Medicine.

Camille Koué, Associate Director

Camille’s interest in retirement education started while working for the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, in Washington, DC, while attending graduate school at Georgetown University. She has a passion for lifelong learning and formerly worked for The Commonwealth Club of California, producing educational programming for the East Bay in partnership with the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. She has worked at UC Berkeley since 2013, with a continued focus on encouraging public service among students, most recently as the director of admissions for the Graduate School of Journalism. Her father worked in the University’s Public Information Office for 18 years, and so she has seen firsthand how important the Berkeley retirement system is to families and loved ones. 

Sigrid Mueller, Emeriti Academy Program Manager

Sigrid has developed and managed academic and educational programs for more than twenty-five years – at Stanford, at Save The Bay, and at other universities and Bay Area non-profits.  Immediately prior to her current position, she was a program director in the Education Department at UCB Extension. 

Sigrid earned an M.A. in German Literature from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCB Extension. 

She serves on the Executive Board of Las Casas—a volunteer-based non-profit that provides English language classes to low-income adults in Oakland.  And, since 2004, has sung with the California Bach Society choir.

Francisco Alvarado, Student Associate

Frank joined the team in January 2019.  He is studying Media Studies and Sociology.

Retirement Center Mascot ~ Schnitzel!

  
    



Dominic Moscatello

Dominic joined the team in August 2020. After 26 years as a professional singer, he returned to academic life with an interest in political science, public policy, and a special focus on water issues in California. Dominic is a Junior transfer student.

Natalie Olivares, Student Associate

Natalie joined the Center in February 2020. She is a Theater and Performance Studies major.

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